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Hyundai Tucson



  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    I've had my Tucson for 700 pleasurable, trouble-free miles, so far, but this is regarding tire pressure. When I first got the car, I thought that it rode a little hard, but cornered like a sports car (well, almost). I checked the tire pressure, and it was 35 psi all around. The placard on the car said that the mileage should be 30 all around. The manual also stressed the importance of usig the correct mileage. So, i reduced the pressure to 30 psi, and found that the vehicle has a much softer ride, and floats over bumps and road imperfections. Comments?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    gas AND tire mileage. I always try to keep 35-36 psi. The Tucson may have a different suspension or Hyundai may be repeating the old Ford/Firestone mistake of soft ride over safety.

    Mark Salem used to have a radio show in St. Louis, he now is on TV in the Phoenix area (home of his shop). Here's his take on tires:

    "The inflation information on the tire will describe the maximum inflation of that tire cold. This is the most that tire should ever be aired to. The owners manual may describe a slightly lower inflation number. Anywhere in between will be fine for any car or SUV or light truck. But remember this:

    Using the higher inflation numbers (35-44 psi) will keep the tire cooler, give you better fuel economy but you will sacrifice ride quality. The ride of the car will be harsher than with softer tire pressures.

    Using the lower inflation numbers (28-35 psi) will give you a soft, smooth ride but your tires will run hotter and your fuel economy will be between 1-5% less than with fully inflated tires.

    I always inflate my customers tires to the maximum inflation figure written on the side of their tire. The only exception is a "Z" rated high performance tire, like ones on a Corvette, Camaro, 300ZX. I do not inflate them to their maximum of 44 psi, but use 35 psi as our upper limit on these tires. Otherwise the ride is way too harsh."
  • shane1vshane1v Posts: 11
    I hope to buy a used Tucson as soon as some good ones show up for a good price.
    Any ideas what a left over new Tucson would cost in say, December/Jan?(dealer)
    A used one in Dec/Jan with maybe 10k miles?
    Soes Hyundai have "certified" used cars?

    ALSO- I hear the original warranty is not passed to the new owner, that the new owner gets a shorter Warrnty... Any insight people?
    thank you!
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    Second owners of any Hyundai receive the balance of the original 5yr 60,000 mile warranty. The 10yr powertrain does not transfer.

    I would not expect to see too many used Tucsons in the near future. To the best of my knowledge they are not in rental fleets which is where you typically find current model year used cars coming from.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Maybe one that's not so good for your pocketbook:

    "Of the new introductions, Land Rover LR3, Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Tucson sold at the smallest discounts -- 0.1%, 2.8% and 3.6% below sticker price, respectively."

    New Models Currently Selling at Widely Divergent Discounts (PR Newswire)

    Steve, Host
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    a used Tucson in December of 05? Maybe $15,000-$18,000, depending upon mileage and condition. And, yes, the new owner doesn't get all of the warranties -this should be clarified with the Hyundai dealer. Comments?
  • delta4delta4 Posts: 138
    That's an excellent find. Read that article and it really shows how much Hyundai has moved up in degree and demand.
  • unhappy2unhappy2 Posts: 1
    To make a long story short... I quite smoking 5 yrs ago and I wanted to reward myself with a new car that had never been smoked in. I chose a Hyundai Elantra (I was told that it was new ) Come to find out after we got the car home - after we signed on the dotted line of corse, we found cigarett butts in the ashtray and also on the way home we noticed the windshield was pitted real bad. I called the dealership up and complained and we were treated like - oh well it's yours now! After arguing with the sales mg.. they agreed to DE-Smoke the car. I can still smell it and after complaining about the windshield several times they finally agreed to change it out - after a written complaint. Also found out that the car was a DEMO.... Not a brand new car. I like the car but I feel I was done wrong by the sales and I would think twice before purchasing another from the dealership. It was hard not to cry over the whole deal. I feel that I was taken advantage of for the sales man knew the reason I was getting a new car. I didn't want one that had the cigarett smell in it and I felt that I diserved it for quitting smoking.
  • alpine1alpine1 Posts: 51
    Obviously, you didn't read Edmunds excellent book on how to buy a car.
  • key1cckey1cc Posts: 7
    I have a subscription to ConsumerReports.Org.....

    Every SUV that has been tested get's less than 16 miles per gallon for city driving, regardless what the manufacturer states it should be. The mid size SUV's got as low as 10mpg city driving according to Consumer Reports testing. The tested highway mileage was more in-line with what the manufacturer states it should be.....but the city mpg was much lower.

    The Tucson has yet to be tested.
    SUV's like the CRV, and Forester, & Rav4 got the highest city mileage of ~ 15-16mpg.

    On My Tucson GLS V6 4WD I get ~ 16mpg and I do mostly city driving (I currently have 800 miles on it).

  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    On my Tucson with only 800 miles on it, I've been getting around 20 mpg around the city. I haven't done any significant highway driving to test the highway mpg.
  • key1cckey1cc Posts: 7
    20 mpg city?
    That's great....what trim do you have GL? GLS?
    V6 or 4 cylider?
    is yours 4WD or 2WD?
  • dekesterdekester Posts: 322
    Excuse me if this has been discussed before, but I didn't scan through all 503 posts before asking....

    Why does Hyundai use that - IMHO - cheap-looking grey cladding on their upper level models? It makes it look like everyone else's low-priced economy model. I like the look of the entire vehicle painted the same color as it appears more "finished" to my eye.

    Looked at some yesterday, sat in it and found that it wasn't as cramped as I thought it would be. I think the driver's seat could use another inch or two rearward adjustment, but then there would be no rear passenger legroom.

    Will go back this coming week to drive either a GLS or LX V6. I like the stereo in the LX, but don't really need the heated leather seats in Florida. Wish I could get the LX system in the GLS to make my decision easier!

    I like the Arctic Frost with tan interior and NO moon roof.

  • waldis42waldis42 Posts: 1
    Was lucky to discover the Tucson at a local auto show last weekend. I saw a GL whose beige cloth interior was very rough. The GLS on hand had nicer, softer material, but the pattern was a bit funky, not bad, just funky. Can anyone give some input on how the grey fabric is on the GLS? How are the leather seats on the LX? Are they really worth it ($1k+)? Thanks in advance.
  • bobg26bobg26 Posts: 3
    I own a Tucson LX. I thought the fabrics in the GL and GLS models were OK. I wanted leather seats, plus the heated seats and premium stereo were things that I wanted too - so that influenced my decision to go for the LX. I am very happy with the leather seats.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    I also have a Tucson LX with the leather. What sold me is the heated seats. When you have a chronic sore back, it is awfully nice to get into the leather seat on a cold winter morning and turn the heated seats on befor you have to drive off to work. The only drawback is that now I have to get heated seats installed in my wife's Sonata before next winter if I want to live! :)
  • themanxthemanx Posts: 110
    The grey interior is the same pattern, but I thin it is more pleasing to the eye.

    But in a white on, the brown was ok.

  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    Just wanted to share my driving experience last weekend from San Jose to LA and back in our GLS.

    Gas milage on seperate fillups was 24.5, 23.7 and 24.2. This was running at 70 - 80 over moderatly hilly terrain. I took 101 for those of you who know the area, which incidentally is a gorgeous drive right now after all the rain we have had out here in CA.

    So the sticker saying 26 highway is pretty close to what I'd have gotten if I had stayed between 55 - 65. Trouble is, you are in the way as that speed, and it would a right lane drive all the way to LAX.

    The car is a remarkably smooth cruiser, quiet at 75 and has plenty of punch for climbing hills.

    Very happy with our Tuskie!
  • w2323w2323 Posts: 60
    Kia has the sportage the brother of the Tucson. I have read on their site people having problems getting Kia to service the manual trans in the Kia. The dealership is saying they are failing because of drivers shifting ability. But there were a lot of people complaining. I dont know if this problem comes up in this forum or not. I just wanted to let people become aware that there is an issue there. I was looking at the manual either tucson or sportage. Now its off the table. Automatic would be the only way I would go.

    Didnt know the 10 year/100k isn't transferable thats a bummer but good info.

    I expect 20 mpg or better for this car. Anything less would be a disappointment. Since I'm pretty sure they have 22-27 on the window, I want truth in advertising here.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Since I'm pretty sure they have 22-27 on the window, I want truth in advertising here.

    That's not advertising. It's Federally mandated by the EPA which specifies mileage testing to be done with a dynamometer and is only an approximation to real world driving. It serves as a comparison among vehicles and, of course, YMMV.

    tidester, host
  • w2323w2323 Posts: 60
    About the manual trans going out.

    My mistake it was for a Hyundai Tiburon. Not the Tuscan.

    I would not purchase a manual trans because of it regardless however. Unless you want to take a chance and not getting the full 10/100,000 warranty.

    Heres a link:

    apollo2005, "Hyundai Tiburon" #380, 2 Oct 2004 11:41 pm
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    12,000 miles experience

    My Tucson LX has reached 12,000 miles on a journey of 15,000 miles endurance test. At the moment I am in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
    I bought the car in California and some experiences were given here in this forum.

    The car has undergone two oil changes, the first at 3,500 miles (Havoline) in Los Angeles, Hyundai dealer. The second change was at 7,500 miles (Mobil 1 Syn 10/30) at Hot Springs, Arkansas, Hyundai dealer. I took my own oil, filter and gasket. They charged me $12.00. I rotated the tyres in Wal-Mart ($6.0). I expect to change the oil again at 15,000 miles at Boston (Full maintenenace service).

    I had to take the car again to the Hyundai dealer in Hot Springs because it was leaking oil. They apologized and said that they did not tighten something properly
    The Syntetic oil produced a favourable feeling in the engine. Apparently the engine runs smoothly and the car catchs speed quickly. Since I bought this car I have used gas/petrol 89 octane (plus). The engine oil colour is light brown/orange and it seems that it doesn have any carbon particles.

    I tried to order a touch up paint, for a scratch on the right hand fender, from Hyundai dealers without success. I wanted to order a replacement clothes hook for the handle on the passenger door but I was told I have to order the whole set, i.e. handle as well (?).

    After driving the car on the Blue Ridge Park Way for four hours at 35-45 miles per hour I noticed that the engine compartment produced clicking metalic noises, as it was cooling after the engine was swiched off.

    The rear driver side red plastic light cover seems to have developed a flurry internal spot (1.5 inches). I still think that the quality of the front lights are poor.

    The internal car plastic has developed a lot of scraches, it seems to scratch very easily.

    One month after I bought the car the plastic seals just in front of the driver steering wheel facing the door hinges became detached leaving a gap 1/8 " between seals.

    The car has been a pleasure to drive. Very responsive and solid on any type of roads. So far I have not noticed any rattles. The set of tyres are good (32 psi each). The depth of the pattern is 5 mm at the moment.

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I think Wally World will give you a life time rotation and balance on your oem tires for a bit over $7 per tire.
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    The GLS has the MP3 system, whereas the LX has a different system and also 7 speakers. What is an MP3 system anyway?
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    What article about Hyundai are you refering to?
  • 238000238000 Posts: 48
    I've had my Tucson for three weeks and only have 800 miles on it. The headlights are very good providing great illumination on dark Connecticut country roads. I haven't noticed any interior scratchea. Everything seems to work fine. The only thing is I pulled up the rear center head rest and can't get it down, Not a big deal, I'll let Hyundai check it out after my first oil chanage. I'll request synthetic oil which I use in my Chrysler. I love the way the car drives and gets through snow. I live by a lake with very steep streets to get in and out. While my Sonata did ok on these streets, only failing to maake the grade one time, we just had a major snow storm march 23d and the Tucson climbed up these hills without any problem. I didn't use the 50-50 since reading about a Tucson owner who had a problem with it. I'm scared to use it, not that I need it. Have you had any experience with the 50-50?
  • flguyflguy Posts: 1
    I have a Tucson 4c and it only gets 20 mpg. I have 900 miles on it so far. Have not had it on a long trip. Very disappointed. I traded a 28 mpg average powerful 6c Buick for a low power 4c. It handles very nice though. Engine does not run correctly either. Bucks and jerks. Transmission does not shift correctly. Takes about 5 seconds to go completely into gear. Have and appointment next Wednesday to get it fixed (I hope) The service mngr says the computer needs re programmed. We shall see. So far I am learning to dislike it. Maybe after they fix it I will like it better. Has any one else had problems like this?
    Regards, Gene
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Makes me glad I bought a Malibu Maxx. As you remember from your Buick, GM does know how to squeeze out good mpg from big, torquey V6's. The Maxx gives me mid twenties around town with the same space and flexibility as the Tucson.

    My experience with my Elantra was that mileage does go up as the engine loosens up. Frankly the four cylinder Hyundai engine is as smooth as the GM V6. Even when fully broken in however, my Elantra 5 speed averaged about 26 around town (with urban, oxygenated gas) only about a mile or two better than the much larger Maxx equipped with an automatic and 2.5 liter V6. Limited highway driving shows both tied in the low thirties.
  • hey, i didn't really know the answer myself, until last weekend. mp3 is a different format for recording music and data. basically, i went to burn a cd for my vehicle last weekend. instead of just simply copying the cd directly to a blank cd, i recorded the music to my computer in the mp3 format, which greatly compresses the data down to a smaller recording space. basically, instead of getting about say 20 songs on a cd, you can get 200 or so. and the newer cd players in these new vehicles are created to play these newer formats, whereas older models simply won't play them. in short, get a young person to show you how once, and you'll probably use mp3 in the future.
  • duckiedduckied Posts: 52
    Hello. I currently own a 2005 Elantra GLS, and yesterday I test drove a Tucson and Santa Fe. I extremely liked the Tucson. I was looking at its list of options, and what is the $10 cupholder insert? Also, does anyone have a factory installed tow hitch receiver on their Tucson? I noticed that the tow hitch receiver is not on the option list, but on the Hyundai Parts & Accessories list. Thank you for your help!
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